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|Born||Frieda Ulricke Porten
7 January 1890
|Died||15 October 1960
|Occupation||Actress, film producer|
She was one of the few German actress of the era to enter film without having stage experiences. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Kurt Stark, who died on the Western Front in 1916.
In 1921, she remarried, to Wilheim von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power and she refused to divorce her Jewish husband, she found that her career, while doing twelve films a year, dissolved immediately. When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression. She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.
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